SLASH, Jason Mraz, Richard E. Grant and Terry Gilliam have added music and memories to Johnny Depp's new movie about artist Ralph Steadman. Depp signed on to narrate documentary For No Good Reason about the life and work of the British cartoonist last year (13), and the finished film also features many other famous friends.
Created over 15 years by filmmaker Charlie Paul, For No Good Reason includes footage of Steadman at work and anecdotes from late writer Hunter S. Thompson, who formed a bond with the Brit in the 1970s and used his illustrations in books like Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, which was adapted for the big screen and starred Depp.
Gilliam, who directed the 1998 film, and Grant offer tributes, while Steadman fans Slash, All American Rejects, Mraz, James Blake, Ed Harcourt and Crystal Castles created music for the film's soundtrack.
For No Good Reason opens in limited release in America later this month (Mar14).
Brace yourself, because Breaking Bad is about to reach a whole new level of intensity when it returns for its final slate of eight episodes on AMC August 11. Three new ten-second character teasers show some serious unhappiness in Albuquerque. First, and most striking, we've got Dean Norris' DEA lawman Hank. When we last left off nearly a year ago, he had a bowel-movement epiphany that his brother-in-law, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) is Heisenberg, the meth kingpin whose crystal blue persuasion has left a trail of bodies across the Southwest. And judging by his facial expression while driving in this clip, he is one angry Narc.
Next, Breaking Bad proves once again that some of the greatest terrors in life can come while wearing a bathrobe and/or standing at the end of your driveway. Seriously, how many times has something horrible happened as Walter has stood in his lawn? This time, though, he seems to be suffering from "Riding the Blue Dragon"-level paranoia.
It's hard to say exactly at what point Jesse hit rock bottom. Was it the all-night pizza-and-Battlefield orgies at his house? When he chose to shoot up rather than take off for New Zealand to paint that mystical land's "castles" with Jane? When he pulled the trigger on poor Dale? Well, he seems to be having another low point in this clip, communing with a roach...and not that kind of roach. If the fly in Gus' lab symbolized Walt's growing paranoia, what does this roach symbolize for Jesse? Maybe that he's a survivor?
Seriously, how excited are you for the final episodes?
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Rihanna, Kraftwerk and The National will headline Denmark's Roskilde festival in June and July (13). Slipknot, Sigur Ros, Queens Of The Stone Age, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Miguel, soul legend Bobby Womack, Jake Bugg, Crystal Castles, Suicidal Tendencies and Turbonegro will also perform at the annual music event.
The actress listened to punk icons Lou Reed and the Misfits and even took bass lessons in preparation for her role as musician Annabel in the spooky hit movie.
Now she has revealed her real-life rocker muse was Canadian star Glass, admitting she even copied the singer's jet-black bob hairstyle.
She tells MTV, "It's on the page (in the script) that Annabel plays punk, and she plays bass in a punk band. She's not like (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo character) Lisbeth Salander. She's not hardcore, full-on. She's like the girl who went to community college, hangs out with her friends, loves punk music, and plays bass. She'll never be famous. She's not incredibly good at it.
"Talking to the director (Andres Muschietti) we talked about (my) look for that. He sent me pictures of Alice Glass. I thought, 'Oh, my God. She's so rad (cool). That's a great idea for the character.' So that's where we started with the hair, thinking Alice Glass."
In a post-Harry Potter Avatar and Lord of the Rings world the descriptors "sci-fi" and "fantasy" conjure up particular imagery and ideas. The Hunger Games abolishes those expectations rooting its alternate universe in a familiar reality filled with human characters tangible environments and terrifying consequences. Computer graphics are a rarity in writer/director Gary Ross' slow-burn thriller wisely setting aside effects and big action to focus on star Jennifer Lawrence's character's emotional struggle as she embarks on the unthinkable: a 24-person death match on display for the entire nation's viewing pleasure. The final product is a gut-wrenching mature young adult fiction adaptation diffused by occasional meandering but with enough unexpected choices to keep audiences on their toes.
Panem a reconfigured post-apocalyptic America is sectioned off into 12 unique districts and ruled under an iron thumb by the oppressive leaders of The Capitol. To keep the districts producing their specific resources and prevent them from rebelling The Capitol created The Hunger Games an annual competition pitting two 18-or-under "tributes" from each district in a battle to the death. During the ritual tribute "Reaping " teenage Katniss (Lawrence) watches as her 12-year-old sister Primrose is chosen for battle—and quickly jumps to her aid becoming the first District 12 citizen to volunteer for the games. Joined by Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) a meek baker's son and the second tribute Effie the resident designer and Haymitch a former Hunger Games winner-turned-alcoholic-turned-mentor Katniss rides off to The Capitol to train and compete in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
The greatest triumph of The Hunger Games is Ross' rich realization of the book's many worlds: District 12 is painted as a reminiscent Southern mining town haunting and vibrant; The Capitol is a utopian metropolis obsessed with design and flair; and The Hunger Games battleground is a sprawling forest peppered with Truman Show-esque additions that remind you it's all being controlled by overseers. The small-scale production value adds to the character-first approach and even when the story segues to larger arenas like a tickertape parade in The Capitol's grand Avenue of Tributes hall it's all about Katniss.
For fans the script hits every beat a nearly note-for-note interpretation of author Suzanne Collins' original novel—but those unfamiliar shouldn't worry about missing anything. Ross knows his way around a sharp screenplay (he's the writer of Big Pleasantville and Seabiscuit) and he's comfortable dropping us right into the action. His characters are equally as colorful as Panem Harrelson sticking out as the former tribute enlivened by the chance to coach winners. He's funny he's discreet he's shaded—a quality all the cast members share. As a director Ross employs a distinct often-grating perspective. His shaky cam style emphasizes the reality of the story but in fight scenarios—and even simple establishing shots of District 12's goings-on—the details are lost in motion blur.
But the dread of the scenario is enough to make Hunger Games an engrossing blockbuster. The lead-up to the actual competition is an uncomfortable and biting satire of reality television sports and everything that commands an audience in modern society. Katniss' brooding friend Gale tells her before she departs "What if nobody watched?" speculating that carnage might end if people could turn away. Unfortunately they can't—forcing Katniss and Peeta to become "stars" of the Hunger Games. The duo are pushed to gussy themselves up put on a show and play up their romance for better ratings. Lawrence channels her reserved Academy Award-nominated Winter's Bone character to inhabit Katniss' frustration with the system. She's great at hunting but she doesn't want to kill. She's compassionate and considerate but has no interest in bowing down to the system. She's a leader but she knows full well she's playing The Capitol's game. Even with 23 other contestants vying for the top spot—like American Idol with machetes complete with Ryan Seacrest stand-in Caesar Flickerman (the dazzling Stanley Tucci)—Katniss' greatest hurdle is internal. A brave move for a movie aimed at a young audience.
By the time the actual Games roll around (the movie clocks in at two and a half hours) there's a need to amp up the pace that never comes and The Hunger Games loses footing. Katniss' goal is to avoid the action hiding in trees and caves waiting patiently for the other tributes to off themselves—but the tactic isn't all that thrilling for those watching. Luckily Lawrence Hutcherson and the ensemble of young actors still deliver when they cross paths and particular beats pack all the punch an all-out deathwatch should. PG-13 be damned the film doesn't skimp on the bloodshed even when it comes to killing off children. The Hunger Games bites off a lot for the first film of a franchise and does so bravely and boldly. It may not make it to the end alive but it doesn't go down without a fight.